How Meetup saved my social life!
Last summer on June 1, 2014, after thirteen years of living in San Jose California area I packed up my bags and moved to Oakland. I was so excited to explore my new town as well as adjacent towns Berkeley, Alameda, and San Francisco and settle into my new community. Well, this task was harder than I anticipated.
First, I constantly got lost trying to find my way to Trader Joe’s. I know, it sounds silly especially with availability of all maps on my phone, yet I still will end up on the bay bridge and in San Francisco instead of shopping center one exit before the bridge. This is one example of how technology is not always reliable!
Though, after a few weeks I was able to run errands without getting lost and accidentally in the fast track carpool lane receiving tickets in the mail! So now it was time to meet new people, make friends, find a gym, and get back to my old hobbies of hiking and swimming. This did not go as well as I expected. There were not that many gyms close to me with decent pricing that offered different classes and clean facility. The feeling of homesickness started to sink in. I missed playing volleyball down the street from me in San Jose, and go for a hike with my friends.
After only 15 minutes, I stumbled upon Meetup, an online social networking gateway that facilitates offline group meetings. I suddenly found myself spending hours on it. I downloaded the app, laid in bed and started searching for groups that shared my interest all around me. Who would have through that getting together and making new friends was this easy!
I was at first skeptical so started with meeting up with a small group of hikers. Let’s just say that was the beginning of exciting chapter in my life. There was no turning back. Thanks to Meetup, I now meetup with volleyball group in Alameda every Wednesday, dance the evening a way on Saturdays with my dance group, and go wine tasting once every two months with a few other wine connoisseurs.
Meetup not only saved my social life and allowed me to meet like-minded people with a click of a button, but also gave me the opportunity to join groups that I can learn new skills from. Besides, all of these cost me nothing! Meetup made challenging task of meeting new people not only possible but also effortless.